The best presentation I have ever seen. What I learn from a watching a great presenter.

1 - Perform with personality, on stage in front of an audience it helps to add some extra sparkle and showmanship.

2 - Be emotional, use humor as a great way to connect, and balance this with intellectual substance.

3 - Have a top line theme to your talk and communicate this with 3-4 stories which create a deeper understanding of the theme.

Recently I stumbled on a TED talk by Tim Urban, Inside the mind of a master procrastinator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU

Half way through watching I decided this was the best presentation I have ever seen, I was fully engaged the whole talk, I laughed out loud repeatedly, and I learned a bigger more valuable lesson by the end, plus I particularly related to his visual style. On top of this, the presenter's stage presence was excellent, very charismatic, good body movement and interaction with his slide content and visuals so linking the visual the audience and himself via a story.

This approach makes the audience experience so much more inclusive which results in a sticker and memorable overall impression. A tough thing to do is to remember to pause during a talk and Tim is very good at breaking for a beat after the payoff of a story to give himself and the audience time and space to process before starting a follow-up story.

 

Gold Standard Presentaion Attributes

1 - Engaged

2 - Humor

3 - Informed

4 - Visuals

5 - Stage movement

6 - Connection

7 - Memorable

8 - Pause/space

9 - Stories

These nine areas are presentation attributes which if improved boost any performance. If you can add 2-3 of these to your next presentation, then you and the audience will feel a marked improvement.

Getting good at presenting is like getting good at sports, music, art, a language there are always new levels to improve and grow into so it's not like reaching a point, and then it's fixed. It is about making time to develop for each opportunity and be intentional that the time you invest in presenting so, it can be the best it can.

1 - Engaged - tell a quick opening story - twist the ending set the 'rules' of your talk.

 

2 - Humor - an excellent way to establish the tone and encourage people to lean forward.

 

 

3 - Informed - use data in smart ways which link to things we relate to and makes us think .

4 - Visuals - communication is key - simple is always best.

 

5 - Stage movement - smile, gesture to the screen, have expressive body language

 

6 - Connection - visuals are the structure for your story to build an image in someone's mind which aligns with yours, from your body movement, the screen content and the audience start to build a bridge

 

7 - Memorable - how the audience 'files' you away in their brain for future recall and boost of social currency.

 

8 - Pause/space - time to reflect, rest and prepare for the next story.

9 - Stories - a series of 3-4 quick and medium length anecdotes which linked together relate to the theme of your talk and make sense of the content, so people walk away going - wow - I learned something, was engaged, I related, and now I'm thinking about something in a new way.

That is the result of an excellent presentation

The nine steps are not to be embraced at once, but instead, I recommend starting with step 5 & 8 as they are the quickest to implement and start with you. Forget the slides for the moment start with improving your body langue and how you connect to the audience.

If you ever get the chance try to see Dirk Eschenbacher from www.zanadu.cn talk as he uses minimal but highly impactful slides and focuses more on storytelling, he also sometimes presents with no slides which is not easy as it is all about storytelling, with no visual support 💪.

1 - Perform with personality, on stage in front of an audience it helps to add some extra sparkle and showmanship.

2 - Be emotional, use humor as a great way to connect, and balance this with intellectual substance.

3 - Have a top line theme to your talk and communicate this with 3-4 stories which create a deeper understanding of the theme.

Watch Tim Urban on youtube if you are ever looking for healthy brain food which will make you laugh, inform you and widen your horizons.

 

 

He tells four interlinking stories which all connect and build - please see a three beat mountain sketch outlining his talk structure.

 

Thank you for your time, and I appreciate your time reading this far, if you have any questions, please message me, and I answer them, also if you have good TED videos to share please add them in the comments below.